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2018 hEART OF A WOMAN CONFERENCE
On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Houston Methodist Research Institute, in partnership with the Houston chapter of the National Federation of Business and Professional Woman’s Club (NFBPWC), sponsored the first annual Heart of a Woman conference. This conference was intended to educate the lay audience on the unique aspects of heart disease in woman and ways to diagnose, treat and prevent it. Dr. John P. Cooke and Dr. Karla M. Kurrelmeyer served as the Program Director and co-Director, respectively, along with a planning committee that included Paola Ferrari, Maria Bush, Fadila Kibsgaard, and Lisa Lodge of NFBPWC. Distinguished speakers included faculty from the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and Spiritual Care and Education Center, as well as renowned experts in women’s heart health Dr. Martha Gulati from the University of Arizona Banner-University Heart Institute and Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz from Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. A delegation of NFBPWC members from Rome, Italy were in attendance, along with the NFBPWC-USA president, Elisabeth Benham. The event was well attended by members of the community and Houston Methodist employees.
The Heart of a Woman conference was spearheaded by Houston Methodist’s own Dr. John P. Cooke and Dr. Karla M. Kurrelmeyer. Dr. Cooke gave an informative talk on “Why Did She Have a Heart Attack?” and Dr. Kurrelmeyer presented information on “How We Reveal Secrets of the Heart: Stress Testing and Imaging” during the conference.
Dr. John P. Cooke with distinguished guest, Dr. C. Noel Bairy-Merz from Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Dr. Bairy-Merz is a leading expert in the field of preventive cardiology, women’s heart disease and mental stress. She was the Keynote speaker for the afternoon session of the Heart of a Woman Conference and gave an informative talk entitled, “Women’s Heart health: What You Should know”.
Pictured Left to Right: Paola Ferrari, president of the Houston chapter of NFBPW; Dr. Martha Gulati, MD, Keynote presenter from University of Arizona, Banner-University Medicine Heart Institute; Dr. John P. Cooke, Program Director for Heart of a Woman Conference. Dr. Gulati is an internationally recognized expert on women’s heart disease and is the co-author of the best-selling book, Saving Women’s Hearts. She was the keynote speaker for the morning session of the conference and gave an engaging talk entitled, “Women and Heart Disease: Is There Really a Sex Difference?” The answer is yes!